Runners compete at provincials

Maple Ridge resident Isaac Wadhwani finished fifth at the B.C. High School Cross-Country Championships, held in Victoria on Saturday.

Isaac Wadhwani (770)

Isaac Wadhwani (770)

Maple Ridge resident Isaac Wadhwani finished fifth at the B.C. High School Cross-Country Championships, held in Victoria on Saturday.

Wadhwani, who attends Terry Fox secondary in Port Coquitlam, finished the 6.4-km course in a time of 21.02.

He also finished fifth at the Fraser Valley championships, which was disappointing to him, and Wadhwani tried to put less pressure on himself at the provincials.

“I just tried to stay happy, calm, relaxed,” he said, and the result was that he was just two seconds behind the bronze medallist.

He is  looking forward to the National Cross Country Championships on Nov. 29 at Jericho Beach, where he will be competing as a junior and representing Team B.C., along with his brother Nathan and three other team members.

Reid Muller of Pitt Meadows also had a top-20 finish at the provincials, placing 15th in a time of 21:47, in a field of 235 participants.

Muller had a second-place finish at the Fraser Valley Championships, which were held in October in Mundy Park.

Jamie Hennessey of Maple Ridge secondary finished in 12th out of 171 runners in the junior girls competition.

She also placed third in the Fraser Valley championship, leading a Ramblers team that finished atop the junior girls team standings at the valleys.

Westview’s Graeme Roberts was 16th in the junior boys race, out of 176 runners.

The top senior girl locally was Christina Johnstone, of Thomas Haney, who finished 20th out of 225 runners.